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Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento Act


Educational Rights of Homeless Students

The federal law known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires that states and school districts eliminate barriers to immediate school enrollment for students experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Students are Entitled To:

  • FREE Lunch
  • Transportation to and from Athlos
  • Support from teachers
  • Information on available resources outside of school
  • Remain enrolled at Athlos despite changes in living location
  • Equal opportunities for school success

Identification of Homeless Students

Homeless students are identified in multiple ways.  Families can indicate their living situation through the registration process or alert the school if they experience changes in their living status.  Athlos strives to support our students by promoting school stability and connecting students and families with the resources they need for academic success.



Who is Homeless?

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (as reauthorized by Title X, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended)
The term “homeless children and youths”–
(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of
section 103(a)(1)); and
(B) includes–
  • (i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;* 
  • (ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C)); 
  • (iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and 
  • (iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

Liaison for Homeless Students:

Ms. Haley Peach  MSW, LGSW
School Social Worker

Other Resources for Students and Families: